Curt Otto Teich March — was an American publisher of German descent who produced popular color postcards , primarily of scenes from American life. He was a pioneer of the offset printing process. Teich was born in Greiz , Thuringia modern-day Germany , and, following his family’s traditional career as printers and publishers, worked as a printer’s apprentice in Lobenstein. Teich is best known for its “Greetings From” postcards with their big letters, vivid colors, and bold style. The company closed in In , it was announced that the archives would be transferred to the Newberry Library.

Vintage Linen Postcards

Publisher’s numbering scheme Other clues. Pioneer Era Although the world’s first picture postcards date from the s to the mids, most of the earliest American picture postcards extant today are those that were sold at the World Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, starting on May 1, These were illustrations on government-printed postal cards and on privately printed souvenir cards.

While a date range can only be supplied with most unused old postcards, post cards published by Curteich (known as Curt Teich in earlier.

Taber Prang Art Co. They started printing view-cards of Boston and holiday cards in This railroad had a history of slow expansion until when Mount Rainier National Park opened. Their business shifted from primarily carying coal and lumber to the transport of tourists. They not only provided the only rail passenger service to the Park but supplemental transportation to its inns. At this time they began publishing postcards, many with unusual pictorial backs to promote their services.

Paul Railroad. A large publisher of greeting and holiday postcards many of which had humorous or patriotic themes.


Browse all items in dating collection. OR Create a report of your search results:. Teich report tool. The Postcards Teich Postcard Archives Collection is widely regarded as the largest public collection of postcards and related materials in the United States. When received at the Newberry Library it was estimated at 2. The postcards include a range of subjects and genres:.

Search for “Curt Teich Postcard Archives”. Other companies may have this information listed as well. Wayne Publishing’s silver border series date to the s.

The study and collecting of postcards is termed “deltiology”. It is possible to form a large collection of postcards around the theme of parrots and parakeets which were very popular subjects, especially on the early comic or saucy postcards. At the peak of their popularity, in the s, sales of saucy postcards alone reached a massive 16 million a year.

Here is another from the vast selection of British “seaside humour” postcards dating back to the cheeky s. I can’t help feeling sorry for the parrot, he’s obviously trying his best! This rather unusual postcard was in great demand on eBay when it was sold in April By today’s standards it is a rather crude design, but this example was posted in in the UK from Cirencester to Willesden, NW. It was not until that women over the age of 30, who met minimum property qualifications, were allowed a vote in the United Kingdom.

Female descendants of the Bounty mutineers on Pitcairn Island were amongst the first women in the world who could vote when they elected members of their ruling councils from Here is another amusing postcard drawn by the artist Donald McGill.

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This digital project contains a selection of materials from the North Carolina Collection’s postcard collections, including at least one image for each of North Carolina’s one hundred counties. Staff members at the North Carolina Collection encourage users to check back regularly to view the latest images, as they will continue to add postcards to the digital collection. Every postcard in North Carolina Postcards is described using a standard set of descriptive fields, which are described below.

The Title of the postcard is most often taken directly from the front of the postcard. In a few instances, the title comes from information on the back of the card. Whenever a title is supplied by the library, it is given in brackets.

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Thanks to ” it’s better than bad “, who had the th posting to the group, an ni Thanks to Flickr newcomer motelfan , who had the th posting to the group, an Thanks to SportSuburban , who made the th posting to this group, a nice postc The first series of cards printed to by the Teich Company used numbers only and ranged from 1 — The production dates were not recorded by the company at this time, but from copyright dates found on some of the cards, it has been determined that these cards were produced between and From until , production dates are not clear and were determined by copyright dates found on a few of the cards.

The foremost linen-postcard publisher was Curt Teich Co. of Chicago, which pioneered linen postcards and whose products have always been popular with.

There are already plenty of sites that have a lot of useful information about dating postcards, so rather than rewrite what’s already been written I’ll simply put links to them Postcard was Published. Most of the above guides deal with the type of postcard and the various markings and numbering system the manufacturers used, but a rough date can often be determined by the buildings, clothing, vehicles and other items in the postcard picture itself.

What people wrote on the back of the card can also provide useful information Terre Haute, Ind. The old Post Office stood on the southwest corner of Cherry and Seventh Streets and was built in It was demolished in and the site used for a new Federal building. The Rose Dispensary stood on the northwest corner of Cherry and Seventh Streets and the construction of it started in In the ‘s it was converted to a movie theatre and renamed the Grand Theatre.

It was demolished in and the site used by Terre Haute House as a parking lot. From the dates of the buildings, the photograph used for the postcard must have been taken between , when the Grand Opera house was opened, and , when the old Post Office was demolished. The “undivided back” was reserved for the address and one cent domestic postage or two cent foreign postage. From March 1, , manufacturers were allowed to use a divided back, the right side panel was for the address and the left side for writing messages.

Another example of using a little detective work is the following postcard of Vigo County Fair Grounds

Using the Curt Teich Postcard Archives

Postcards as a communication method began in the 19th century under different postal rules than we know today. Picture postcards came to be around the beginning of the 20th century and various printing and duplication processes were used during the next thirty years or so for publishing color picture postcards.

The era of what we call linen postcards was from about through the s although many linen postcards were still printed and distributed well into the s.

The industrial archives of the Curt Teich Company of Chicago, which the Teich Archives also houses 15 postcard albums dating from to , the former.

Amidst the highrises, this building is still standing. L Color-Tone postcard in linen finish. The Mid-Century Modern building was demolished sometime early in the 21st Century. A new library stands at Collins Avenue, so I assume these buildings were demolished. Both have an interesting feel; both date from the midth Century.

As this was a replacement building, so has it been replaced. Postcard mailed in Its description calls the building ‘newly constructed. Either replaced or heavily remodeled. Curt Teich ‘C. Art Colortone’ linen finish postcard for Walker News. Still in use. Combined with the park, it was a pretty site. This is the most documentary of the cards I have for this library.

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The Curt Teich Company was once was the world leader in the printing of view and advertising postcards. The Collection is widely regarded as the largest public collection of postcards and related materials in the United States. When received at the Newberry Library it was estimated at 2. Lauder Raphael Tuck Collection , and many others.

On the website there is also a guide for dating Curt Teich postcards. Take this Ocean City postcard- on the bottom right there is the code.

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I was attending the Harrison County Historical Society Christmas Party last weekend and some friends and I were trying to identify a postcard that was labeled as Main Street, Clarksburg. It was unrecognizable as Main Street as we knew it, so we started talking about the clues that the postcard presented us about the time period it was created so we could use Clarksburg City Directories to find the location of the home in the photo.

This is the postcard that spawned this blog post. As I looked for information that could help date the card, I found that much can be learned about the content of postcards from the history of their production. There are several distinct styles of postcards that can be categorized by era. In legislation passed allowing cards that weighed one ounce or less to be sent through the mail.

At least four were printed between and , judging by the guidelines to dating Curt Teich postcards on their website. One card from Harrodsburg is.

A significant advancement in printing technology and color theory came with the introduction of tricolor and then process printing. Tricolor printing was very similar to the process of printing using the tinted halftone method: it still involved the use of a key plate, typically a black halftone, and the use of three other colors plates, typically red, yellow, and blue RYB or red, green, and blue RGB.

The key difference between tinted halftone and process printing was the angle at which the plates overlaid each other. Each color plate, often still created using the halftone principle, was rotated at a precise angle to that of the black key plate—this precise rotation allowed the colors to optically combine in such a way that other colors could be perceived from it.

The rotation of each plate also created the signature “rosette” that makes tricolor and process printing recognizable. Teich’s postcards are recognizable for their vibrant colors that, while perhaps not representing “realistic” colors, are evidence of the highly improved color blending and variety offered by process printing. Curt Teich actually used a five-color process to print many of their postcards—in addition to the four colors of CMYK, Teich’s fifth color was typically a darker blue.

Art-Colortone,” and it was used exclusively for their linen cards. With this five-color process, “Teich obtained a richness of hue similar to traditional hand-printed, fifteen-color lithographic work. A closer examination of the above postcard reveals the trademark rosettes of process printing, evident in Curt Teich’s “C. Art-Colortone” postcards Fig. Teich began using their five-color process in , with the acquisition of new, high-speed printing presses, and continued using this method well into the s.

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Curt Teich actually used a five-color process to print many of their Lake County Discovery Museum (LCDM), “Guide to Dating Curt Teich Postcards,”

Skip to main content. Archival Collections. Help us improve our website Send feedback. Search The Archives. Use the right side menu to identify relevant boxes and place requests. Citation Print Generating Staff Only. The National Trust Library Historic Postcard Collection contains approximately 20, postcards dating from to the s with the bulk of the cards from the years to

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